UF Water Institute

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2014
8:30-10:00 am Plenary Session
Opening Plenary Session (Auditorium) Posters (Ballroom BCGF)
  • Dr. W. Graham, Director, University of Florida Water Institute
  • Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida
  • Dr. Jerad Bales, USGS
Poster set up
10-10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session (Auditorium) Posters (Ballroom BCGF)
  • Dr. Ben Strauss, Climate Central, "Threats from Sea Level Rise: Present, Future, Likely, and Inevitable"
  • Dr. Robert Lempart, RAND, "Making Good Decisions Without Predictions: Robust Decision Making for Planning Under Deep Uncertainty"
Poster set up
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm-3 pm Concurrent Sessions
Ballroom A Ballroom D Ballroom E Ballroom H Auditorium Ballroom BCGF
Governance and Regulation Impact of Changing Drivers 1 Water Supply Planning Water Quality and Treatment 1 Water-Energy Nexus Posters displayed        
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break - located in Ballroom BCGF
3:30 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Ballroom A Ballroom D Ballroom E Ballroom H Ballroom BCGF
Water Demand Management Impact of Changing Drivers 2 Water Supply Management Water Quality and Treatment 2 Posters displayed
5:30 - 6:30 pm Poster Sessions and Reception - Ballroom BCGF
Poster Session: Impact of changing drivers on water resources Poster Session: Managing water for people and the environment Poster Session: Water Security: the water-energy-food nexus
6:30 - 7:30 pm Poster Sessions and Reception - Ballroom BCGF
Poster Session: Water quality protection and treatment Poster Session: Science, stakeholders and decision-making
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
8:30 - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
Ballroom A Ballroom D Ballroom E Ballroom H Auditorium Ballroom BCGF
Stakeholder Engagement in Water Demand Management Environmental Services Stakeholder Engagement in Planning and Management Springs Protection and Management 1 Stakeholder Engagement in Education and Decision Making Posters displayed
10-10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Ballroom A Ballroom D Ballroom E Ballroom H Auditorium Ballroom BCGF
Panel - Water Initiative in Extension Panel - Beyond Just Water: The Case for Multiple Services in Payment for Environmental Services Programs Panel - Climate Prediction in Water Supply Springs Protection and Management 2 Panel - Regional Water Supply Planning Posters displayed
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Final Plenary Panel (Auditorium)
Securing Florida’s Water Future: Recent Progress, New Challenges, and Future Needs
  (moderator: Wendy Graham, Water Institute, UF)

This panel consists of leaders of Florida’s agencies responsible for water planning and management. Panel members will discuss recent successes and new challenges to water supply planning , as well as new research, education, policies and programs that should be developed to ensure successful water supply planning for the coming decades.

  • Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration Florida, Department of Environmental Regulation
  • Robert Beltran, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Ray Scott, Environmental Administrator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Len Lindahl , Assistant Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District
  • Ann Shortelle, Executive Director, Suwannee River Water Management District
  • Hans Tanzler, Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
  • Sponsored by: Duke Energy
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Final Plenary Panel and Student Poster Awards Presentations (Auditorium)
Presentation of Student Poster Awards

The Role of Political Leadership in Fostering a Florida Water Ethic

  (moderator: Les Thiele, Political Sciences, UF)

For Florida to have an abundant and sustainable supply of clean water, its citizens have to embrace what Cynthia Barnett calls a “Water Ethic.” Residential, commercial, and agricultural conservation depends upon the public’s heightened understanding and sense of responsibility for this precious resource. In turn, politicians need widespread public support to deliver the innovative--and often costly--legislation that will be required to meet Florida’s future water needs. Establishing a Water Ethic will require both a bottom-up and top-down effort, with grassroots activism complementing initiatives taken by the State of Florida’s leaders. This plenary panel addresses the role of political leadership in establishing a Water Ethic in Florida.

  • Bob Graham, Former US Senator, Florida Governor and State Legislator
  • Cynthia Barnett, Journalist
  • Steve Seibert, Partner, triSect, LLC
  • Melissa Meeker, Vice President, CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.
  • Sponsored by: Duke Energy